#TMBTeam: Taylor Goulard, Creative Strategist & Social Media Manager

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. Today, we are introducing you to our belly-laugh-inducing Creative Strategist & Social Media Manger, Taylor!


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You’ve been a vital part of the TMB Team for almost a year now, so what would you say is your favourite part of working here?

I absolutely love working at The Modern Bride. The women I get to be around every day are so empowering and so hilarious - I don't go a day without at least one belly laugh. I also love when I become friends with the brides who come into the boutique, it's so nice to click with different people.  Summer!


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If you got married today what season would you get married in and what TMB dress would you wear?

Definitely getting married in the summer and I would definitely rock Colette by Alexandra Grecco with a cute detachable tulle skirt!

What are your current favourite bridal trends?

3D appliques, bell sleeves and frills! 

If you had to choose, what side settle on in the great bridal debate: veil or no veil?

Taylor was the main mastermind behind our 2018 Lookbook!

Taylor was the main mastermind behind our 2018 Lookbook!

Definitely on the fence about this! I do love a veil but it would have to be the perfect fit with the dress; I’d personally love a long cascading cathedral length. 

When your attending a wedding, what is your absolute favourite part of the entire special day?

Hands down the first look with the dad or the groom.. or wait, maybe the excitement on the bride and groom's face once they walk down the aisle after saying, "I do"!

Ok Taylor, name three things our TMB blog readers might not know about you…

1. I am the ultimate crazy dog lady. I could be in the middle of a conversation and see a dog and completely forget about what I was talking about. They are just so cute and fluffy and beat humans 2-1. 

2. My favourite music genre is 100% rock. Give me anything with a sweet electric guitar and the kind of drums you can feel in your belly and I'm sold.  

3. My ideal date night would be watching a live band on a patio with a cold cider (Revel Cider, preferably).

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Ashley + David

 
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What an amazing TMB babe to work with! Such great style and vision and is it absolutely no surprise that her wedding looked absolutely stunning. Nothing brings us more joy than seeing wedding photos from our TMB babes. It’s such a pleasure to work with them from start to finish!

Congratulations you two love birds!

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Name: Ashley Joudrey
Dress: Drail - Pronovias
Photography: Reed Photography
Venue: Stonewall Estates
Florist: Wine Country Floral
Makeup + Hair: Vibrant Beauty

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How did this love story start?

“My now husband and I actually met in the first grade! We went through elementary school together and then went to different highschools.  We ended up reconnecting in our first year of university and the rest is history.”

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What was your favourite moment on the day?

“My favourite moment of the wedding was hearing all of the speeches.  They were all amazing and it was very humbling to hear family and friends share their experiences and feelings about my husband and I.”

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Any wisdom for future TMB Brides?

“I will pass on the wisdom that other brides have passed onto me; the day is special and goes by so quickly, make sure you stop and take a moment to take it all in.”

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“When the photographers arrived, they told me that I had the most beautiful dress that they had seen all year! That made me feel pretty good before walking down the aisle.

#TMBTeam: Alicia Gibson, Boutique Curator

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. If you missed our last posts, learn more about our team here. Today, we are introducing you to our detail-oriented and accessory queen Boutique Curator, Alicia Gibson!

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Let’s start with fun facts about you! What are three things people would be surprised to learn about you, Alicia?

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  1. Family is #1 for me, so I always make time for my husband James and our dog Sophie. 

  2. I am a long-time watcher of acclaimed BBC series Coronation Street! I’ve been watching it since I was 8 and I am currently reading the 50-year saga to find out how it all began!

  3. I am a big foodie, so my honeymoon was planned around places to eat in Croatia, thanks to the help of Anthony Bourdain. 

Now onto the bridal questions! You’ve already tied the knot, but do you prefer a spring/summer/fall or winter wedding?


I have always loved a spring wedding. I even planned my own wedding around the blossoming of the peony!

If you were to renew your vows today, what TMB wedding dress would you pick to walk down the aisle in?

Brigitte by Anais Anette! I love the floral lace, the modern cut along the side seam and that it's Canadian! 


What is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

My favourite part of the bridal appointment is the moment when the bride is standing in the change room in her favourite dress and she is smiling because she knows it's the one!


You are the accessory queen, so it would only be fair to ask what is your favourite bridal accessory?

I can’t choose just one, but my favourite look would be the Alyssa earrings from Joanna Bisley with the Julene hair pins from Olivia the Wolf, and the Delphine veil from Atelier Elise. I love our Canadian designers!

So, it’s fair to say that you prefer veil over no veil?
Veil all the way! Veils elevate the romance.

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Despite seeing the dress, what would you say if you favourite part of a wedding?
Easy answer, the first kiss!

Why do you love working at TMB?
There are many reasons why I love working at TMB! I love being a part of a growing women-driven business and I love how we give back to the community I grew up in. I love the excited brides that come through our doors and I love hearing how we made the experience special for them and their family. I love the team we have established and I think that we all play such a vital role in making the business what it is today. Lastly, I love coming into work and seeing the amazing women that I work with. 

 

Welcome to TMB: JACKSON + GRACE

 

We’re so excited to announce the newest addition to our TMB dress loft: JACKSON + GRACE!

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About the Designer

JACKSON + GRACE is a Toronto-based bridal collection by ANDFORLOVE Designs Inc. In their first season, the JACKSON & GRACE collection embraces the diversity between coastal and urban sensibilities with their contemporary romantic designs.

 

Why TMB Loves JACKSON + GRACE

  • Canadian babes making beautiful dresses

  • Minimal design with simplistic elegance

  • Beautiful details like pearl buttons and delicate straps

  • Edgy peak-a-boos for modern twists to your wedding dress

Styles at TMB:

·      Margot

·      Tyler

·      Bowery

·      Lynette

·      Aria

 
 

Interested in trying on one of these beauties from JACKSON + GRACE? Book your bridal appointment at The Modern Bride!

 

REAL TMB BRIDE: Kara & Justin

 
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This bride was an absolute dream to work with. Such an easy going woman with a great sense of style. Her positive personality made every appointment so fun and she looked absolutely KILLER in her gown. We could not wait for her wedding photos because we knew that between her drop dead gorgeous look and her amazing photographer, they would be incredible.

Congratulations you two, wishing you every happiness together!

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Name: Kara Barret
Dress: Plisa - Pronovias
Photography: Sara Monika
Venue: The Doctor's House
Florist: Kara Barret
Hair: Shanna Layton
Makeup: Maya Goldenberg

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How did this love story start?

"We met online on a dating website and our first date was at Starbucks."

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What was your favourite moment on the day?

"Between all the laughter at my speech that i used a disclaimer "this is a roast not a toast" and my husband getting everyone on the dance floor kicking to that ra ra rasputin song."

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Any wisdom for future TMB Brides?

"Make sure to get lots of sleep before the wedding day, don't try to do everything yourself accept help and choose the dress that feels most like you."

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"Apparently, the reverend and my husband were both wondering where I was because I guess I took along time to get into the chapel. My husband speech was funny and emotional it started off as "I do all my shopping online" he loves Kijiji, Amazon etc and we met online."

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#TMBTeam: Donna Hirst, CFO & Co-Owner

 

Our team at The Modern Bride has grown and we couldn’t be more excited! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to all the beautiful babes who make The Modern Bride so successful! Each week we will share some fun facts to highlight one of our #TMBTeam members. If you missed our last post about our boss-babe founder, Jessica Hirst visit the blog post here. Today, we are introducing you to our interior-design-loving and bridal fashionista CFO Donna Hirst, who is responsible for making TMB look as beautiful as it does today!

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After all the amazing bridal appointments you’ve been involved with, what would you say is your favourite part of a bridal appointment?

My favourite part of a bridal appointment is the first time we meet the bride and the people most important to her. It is the start of something magical!

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When you think of your ultimate dream wedding, is it in spring/summer/fall or winter?

Summer and somewhere by the water!

Are you on board with team veil or are you on team no veil?

I’m going to have to side with team no veil on this one!

Aside from seeing the beautiful dress the bride chose, what would you say if you favourite part of a wedding?

Easy answer, the first kiss!

Why do you love working at TMB?

Being around so many young, exceptionally talented women every day. 

Based on current bridal trends, what is your favourite trend modern brides are adopting?

My favourite trend is not just specific to bridal fashion, it is that brides are creating their own traditions; no rules, doing it their way!

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To wrap things up, can you let us in on three things you think our TMB brides and followers would be surprised to learn about you?

  1. I practice yoga every morning and just started taking a barre class once a week. 

  2. I love to garden. Working outside all day and getting my hands dirty is my idea of a great day off!

  3. I used to have my motorcycle license!

Bonus Donna fun-fact: Donna was the project manager responsible for helping transform our space at the Petrie Building to be the beautiful bridal oasis it is today! Thanks Donna!

 

TMB in NYC: Top 5 Trends We Saw at NYC Bridal Market

 
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We came, we saw, we fell head over heels for all the wedding dresses at 2018 NYC Bridal Market!

If you were following along with our Instagram stories this past weekend, you would have noticed we were a wee-bit excited about everything we saw at 2018 NYC October Bridal Market! We met with amazing designers we currently carry and we were in complete awe of their newest collections. We also met with some new designers who we will be bringing into the boutique and can’t wait to tell you more about.

Before we dish on all the new styles and designers that will be coming to TMB in Spring 2019, we wanted to break down the ‘Top 5 Bridal Trends We Saw in NYC’!

  1.  Unconventional Fabric - Swiss dot, intertwined honeycomb sponge mesh, and bee lace (yes you read that right, literal lace bees on a dress)!

  2. Bell Sleeves – Get ready ladies, flowing sleeves are coming and we just cannot wait for you to fall in love with them as much as we did! The bell sleeves give off a super romantic and fun vibe for your wedding day.

  3. 90’s Necklines – We’re talking crescent necklines and straight across necklines, so think Alicia Silverstone as Clueless’ Cher Horowitz in that infamous red dress or Rachael Lee Cook in She’s All That, ahh gorgeous!

  4. Cut Outs – Cut outs are still very much a thing in bridal and we couldn’t be happier about it; nothing like a little peak-a-boo to modernize your dress!

  5. New Individual Lines – We saw a lot of young entrepreneurial women who are shaping the future of bridal! We’re predicting that the bridal world is on a shift from a big box wedding dress production to individually-inspired dress designs with young entrepreneurial woman at the helm of their very own lines.

That’s it for now babes, but stay tuned for a complete vlog recap of our NYC trip! #TMBinNYC

 

Swept Away: Everything You Need to Know!

 
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Love is in the air; it’s time to get Swept Away!

If you follow us on Instagram, chances are you have definitely heard us gushing about our upcoming event Swept Away! Our modern day of elopements and vow renewals is quickly approaching, so here is the 4-1-1 on the everything you need to know about Swept Away!

What exactly is Swept Away?

Swept Away is collaborative modern-day elopement featuring Confetti & Co., The Modern Bride, Jessica Imrie Photography, Blooms & Flora, Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, and Coccola designed for contemporary couples who long for a detail-oriented wedding day without the fuss (or price tag) of a "traditional" affair. It is your no-stress wedding day!

When and where is Swept Away taking place?

Swept Away is on Friday, November 24, 2018 and your gorgeous venue for the day is The Modern Bride location in the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph.

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What is included in the elopement/vow renewal package?

Your wedding package for the day includes the following:

  • Venue for ceremony, photos and reception

  • Professional Officiant

  • 45-60 minutes of photography with Jessica Imrie Photography

  • Wedding dress of your choice provided by The Modern Bride

  • Ceremony, bouquet and boutonniere designed by Blooms + Flora

  • Hair and Makeup for the bride by Coccola

  • Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mini desserts for up to twenty guests

  • Never Forget Photo Booth 

  • A team of wedding professionals to walk you through every special moment of the day

You can also further customize your day with any number of our à la carte add ons below:

  • 30 minute engagement photo session

  • Customized invitation suite or signage designed by LoveWords Stationery & Signage

  • Acoustic Ceremony music performed by Justin Beauchamp

  • Wedding Band Consultation with ATTIC

  • Monogrammed Ring Box

  • Custom wedding cake designed by Kelly's Bake Shoppe

  • On Site Hair and Makeup for bridal party  

  • Accessory florals such as floral crowns, corsages or hair pieces 

How does the whole Swept Away process work?

  • Choose your ceremony time

  • Determine any additional A La Carte items you might need

  • Chat with Kendra, Confetti & Co. wedding planner, to go over your specific details

  • Visit The Modern Bride to find your dream dress

  • Arrive for hair and makeup day-of

  • Enjoy your ceremony and photos in the loft space (about 1hr)

  • Sip champagne and cocktails and savour passed hor's d'oeuvres in the Front Room  (about 1hr)

  • Depart and enjoy your first day as newly-weds

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 What is the cost of Swept Away?

The package, without any add-ons, is $4,000.00. You pay 50% now and 50% a month before the event!

 

Can I wear my own wedding dress or do I have to wear a TMB dress? 

Absolutely you can wear your own dress! If you have already found a gown you would love to wear, we definitely encourage you to wear it! If you do bring you own dress and/or you’re unable to find a dress at The Modern Bride, you will receive a $250 discount on your Swept Away package.

Can I come see the venue before I book?

Yes! We encourage any interested couples to come visit the TMB and discuss any questions you have with us or Kendra of Confetti & Co. Call us at 519-822-0909 to book an appointment to come see the space!